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furniture-thrifting toolkit: plenty of strong rope, bungy cords, a thick
blanket or two, screwdriver/swiss army knife, a strong friend.
If youíre looking for furniture, youíll want to make sure you can
actually cart your sofa (table, entertainment unit, whatever) away once
you find it. One of the downsides of buying large items secondhand is
that delivery is just not an option. If youíve got a truck, youíre
set. For those of us who arenít blessed with gas-guzzling behemoths
for vehicles, however, youíll need the ropes and bungy cords for
securing your purchases to the roof, or keeping your back trunk Ė
which inevitably will be just an inch too short or deep to fully
accommodate your acquisition Ė from popping open when you drive.
Blankets make fine furniture pads; use them to prevent both your
furniture and your car from getting all scratched up.
9 Go with your gut instincts.
If youíre a hem-mer and haw-er who vacillates for 3 hours over the
dilemma of whether to buy or to keep looking, then second-hand shopping
is probably not for you. By the time youíve weighed all the pros and
cons, some more-decisive shopper is almost certain to have scampered off
with your find. If you love it, and itís at all within your
price-range, be bold: fork over the dough and donít think twice about
rid of the old old to make room for the new old.
Because once you start doing the secondhand thing youíll find it
almost impossible to stop Ė itís just so exciting when you find
something terrific for next-to-nothing Ė youíll soon find yourself
buying things even when you donít really need them. The only way to
prevent your house from becoming a teeming mass of junk is to conquer
those pack-rat tendencies and learn to weed. Donate the ugly, the
broken, the useless to Goodwill. Or perpetuate the secondhand cycle by having a
garage sale of your own.
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